Lightning killed two people sheltering from rain on Wednesday in Preah Sihanouk’s Stung Hav district.
Ros Ky, the district police chief, said Khem Nget, a 40-year-old motodop from Kampot, and a second victim identified only as Vanny, 50, were taking shelter near Vanny’s home in Tomnup Ponlork commune when they were struck.
“Before the incident, while it was raining heavily, Khem Nget parked his motorbike under Vanny’s house. A short while later, the lightning struck, killing the victims,” he said.
So far this year, at least six people have been killed and one person seriously injured by lightning strikes.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology sent out an alert to the public urging caution during storms in the coming months.
Keo Vy, the cabinet director of National Committee for Disaster Management, said he has told local authorities to also be aware of the potentially dangerous weather.